AS LOW AS YOU’LL EVER GO Andy Hollifield 8-30-17
Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Luke 15:17-19 And when he came to himself, he said, How many of hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! (18) I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, (19) And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
A desert land a waste howling wilderness, a horrible pit, and a pig pen. All of those would be accurate descriptions of where God found each of us. Even if he found you sitting on a pew somewhere in a church, without him living in your heart, those were the places and condition that you were in. In the bottom of a horrible pit is where you were. No food, no water, and absolute and utter loneliness when you look around and no one was there. It wasn’t always that way though. You used to be able to enjoy what you were doing and the bible says that there are “pleasures of sin for a season”(Hebrews 11:25). But then, what messed it all up was when the Holy Ghost started dealing with your heart about being saved. You didn’t want him too because you knew that when he did; you would have to surrender your heart and life to him. You are right. Once you begin to see yourself as God sees you, you just can’t enjoy the things you used too. But the difference is that your desire will change when you get born again so it’s not really like you are giving up anything.
In Luke 15, this young man had taken his inheritance and took off to a far country and really lived it up. That was before all the money ran out. Now, here he is all alone. No money, no friends, no good times, just loneliness and homesickness. That’s the trouble with riotous living; when the money is gone, so are the friends. Now he was feeding pigs. Going against everything he knew and had been raised to believe. He’s no longer the bigshot because now when he tries to do the things he used to enjoy, there is no longer any pleasure in them. As bad as that sounds, the good news is that it all gets better from there. When you hit the bottom, it’s all up from there. That is the lowest point you will ever be.
A preacher friend of mine, Terry Sprouse, made that statement recently. Talking to a crowd of saved people, he said “you will never be as low as you once was”. That is absolutely true! No matter what else happens in your life, you will never be that low again. To be lost without Christ as your Savior is the most hopeless situation you will ever be in. To be searching for something with meaning in your life and not be able to find that inner peace and comfort you so desperately want. When seemingly there is nothing that can satisfy that void in your heart, just turn to Jesus. The bible says “when he came to himself”. If you haven’t come to yourself, you will. You will one day hit bottom but when you do that is as low as you can go. You will never be that low again.
As a Christian, I realize that I will never again be as low as I once was. Jesus lifted me out of that miry clay and established my goings. I am glad that when he found me, he led me about and then instructed me, and kept me as the apple of his eye. That means I was the one he chose to set his affections on. Think about that a minute; the Lord of glory is instructing and leading you and treating you like you are his favorite. That is a long way from the pig pen. That’s what you get when you get tired of where you are living and find his will and do it.
Think about that today if you are a Christian and have accepted Christ as your personal Savior. You will never be as low as you once was. No matter what is going on in your life right now, there was a time when you were in worse shape than you are now. God has been good to you although not always in the way you might want him to. Remember this young man didn’t want to be restored to be his father’s son, he only wanted to be a hired servant. Although beatings and punishment may have been what he expected, that wasn’t what he got. He got the fatted calf, the ring, the best robe, shoes for his feet, and a big celebration in his honor. God always knows what we need and he is willing to supply our every need and set our feet on a rock and establish our goings. There is no place like being close to the Father to remind you where you have been and how sweet it is to know you will never be that low again. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!